Alberto Alvaro Ríos

Alberto Alvaro Ríos

in The United States
January 01, 1952

In 1952, Alberto Alvaro Ríos was born on the American side of the city of Nogales, Arizona, on the Mexican border. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona in 1974 and a MFA in Creative Writing from the same institution in 1979.

He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Dangerous Shirt (Copper Canyon Press, 2009); The Theater of Night (2007); The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body (2002), which was nominated for the National Book Award; Teodora Luna's Two Kisses(1990); The Lime Orchard Woman (1988); Five Indiscretions (1985); and Whispering to Fool the Wind (1982), which won the 1981 Walt Whitman Award, selected by Donald Justice.

Other books by Ríos include Capirotada: A Nogales Memoir (University of Ne

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The Smallest Muscle in the ...

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Capirotada: A Nogales Memoir

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Teodoro Luna's Two Kisses: ...

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The Theater of Night

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The Dangerous Shirt

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Pig Cookies

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Whispering to Fool the Wind...

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The Iguana Killer: Twelve S...

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The Lime Orchard Woman: Poems

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Five Indiscretions: A Book ...

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“Adults have
the benefit of experience and know the trick will work as long as the technique is correct.
When we “grow up” we gain this experience and knowledge, but we lose our innocence and
sense of wonder. In other words, the price we pay for growing up is a permanent sense of
Alberto Alvaro Ríos, The Iguana Killer: Twelve Stories Of The Heart

“We live in secret cities
And we travel unmapped roads.

We speak words between us that we recognize
But which cannot be looked up.

They are our words.
They come from very far inside our mouths.

You and I, we are the secret citizens of the city
Inside us, and inside us

There go all the cars we have driven
And seen, there are all the people

We know and have known, there
Are all the places that are

But which used to be as well. This is where
They went. They did not disappear.

We each take a piece
Through the eye and through the ear.

It's loud inside us, in there, and when we speak
In the outside world

We have to hope that some of that sound
Does not come out, that an arm

Not reach out
In place of the tongue.”
Alberto Alvaro Ríos

“Crossing over from Mexico to the United States was a big step, but that part was easy. Big things are like that--easy to identify, and, with a deep breath, done all at once. As life turned out, it was the small that was difficult. The small things--which is all the opposite of what one might think.”
Alberto Alvaro Ríos, Capirotada: A Nogales Memoir

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